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Excedrin Headache No. 5170

September 16, 2014


20h53 UTC; TUESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2014: In beginning this post, I should apologise for it being rather late in the posting department; Your Correspondent had a rather substantiative pizza buffet at Godfather's in Winona this lunchtime, and returned home to nap it off all the more for some reason or another. Hence, his going online a little later than normal, even considering that we may be getting over our late-summer cold snap here in the Minnwissippi with the forecase calling for milder weather the rest of the week ahead.

But then again, the cool and wet spring could mean that the fall colours in these parts--which, if you ask moi, are as good as those of New England--could be more intense and pronounced than in recent years. So do be sure to get your fall-colour plans out of the way before the rooms start filling up when fall colour here reacheth its heighth in the early-mid-October period.

Talk about illogical analogies: Bryan J. Fischer with the so-called "AmeriKKKan Family Association" is pushing the trope suggesting that our tolerance of bacon "proves" that Thy Dear and Lovely Land is a CHRISTIAN nation, Now, Tomorrow, FOREVER!! And that it's the sworn duty of the Good Christian to defend this notion (up there with apartheid South Africa, know) By Any Means Necessary. Especially so through the Fiery Cross, singing the Filthy Hymns of Our Fathers in a fanatically-depraved whine....

Not many know this, but China's current socioeconomic lull may be one reason why gas prices in Thy Dear and Lovely Land may be as low as they have been in recent years, even when compared to a year ago; some, in fact, are thinking that we may see gas prices stateside fall below $3/gallon for regular unleaded within measurable distance, even allowing for refineries making the switchover to easier-to-refine winter blends as are a traditional harbinger of lower gas prices. (In Winona, the prevailing price for regular unleaded by "gentlemens' agreement" is now $3.23/gallon.)

But even as China sees industrial output and GDP decline year-on-year, not to mention whole suburban and exurban developments essentially go to waste soon after construction is completed and the Communist Party's anti-corruption moves start going nowhere (except for petty local cadres caught in the cookie jar, so to speak), online B2B portal Alibaba's IPO is still the talk of Wall Street and The City, what with some investors looking for a selling price on the IPO of between $65 and $68/share.

As fresh details emerge of the Palin Mishpuga Donnybrooke
near Anchorage, AK recently (in which Al Cohol played a major role, know, as police reports hath it), replete with Billingsgate galore, such should be enow for the Real American to reconsider the possibility of paying $9.95/month to get The Sarah Palin Channel over Teh Innerwebz, what with her good name and repute likely being compromised as her role in same becomes more evident. Especially if she used certain of the Seven Dirty Words or their variants in the brawl.

Meanwhile, who wouldn't love to see a Wisconsin Dells Channel online over the summer months, a more laid-back online video channel with elements of European pirate-ship radio from the 1960's and 1970's to make it more interesting in especially interview segments with unwitting shoobies?

So till next time, folks: "73"
(Which, incidentally, was railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "goodbye.")


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Excedrin Headache No. 5169

September 15, 2014
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17h21 UTC; MONDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: For starters, I feel it best to explain where, in regards to the leading images (and what they may link to), I would encourage you, dear and gentle reader, to discover for yourself without any serious prompting--or teasing, for that matter. Hopefully, such will turn out to be rather helpful and yet productive in the end.

So much for Christian Right majordomo (and former Arkansas Governor) Mike Huckabee
calling on "REAL AmeriKKKa" to "vote the Bible" all the more in Indecision 2014 For Thy Dear and Lovely Land: I have to wonder if "voting the Bible" is also one with voting for ons styl ekonomesie vryheid such as is really anything but (as in condoning cartel behaviour and worse, disguised by euphemistic dogwhsitles about such being an "organic, spontaneous, people-centrist" model supposedly "born out of the Volk to serve the Volk" when it's unlikely to be anything remotely resembling such).

Memo to our "AmeriKKka Should Be More Like China" friends: The Chinese city of Chongqing, in the interest of easing traffic congestion caused by such talking or texting on mobile phones on the go (as well as "public safety," inevitably), has launched a section of public sidewalk reserved exclusively for mobile phone users ... which, in itself, has become something of a tourist distraction in and of its own right (even with the warnings that users of that section do so at their own risk).

Staying with the delusion of AmeriKKKa "needing to be more like China" comes this item from BBC Monitoring's roundup of Chinese media channels:
Meanwhile, some papers urge the US to "back Syria" in order to eliminate the Islamic State (IS).

IS, also often referred to as ISIL or ISIS, has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria in recent months, declaring the land it controls a "caliphate".

An article in the China Daily points out the importance of the Syrian government in the US-led fight against the militant group.

"The US military strategy is not likely to eliminate the IS as Mr Obama has claimed. The strategy has a fatal strategic flaw because the US is still insisting on targeting the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, who is the only regional leader willing and able to take on the Islamic militants with full military force," it says.

The commentary suggests Washington "acknowledge the legitimacy of the Assad government and accept it as a partner in the fight against the Islamic extremists".
In essence, playing the "enemy-of-my-enemy" card while Christian Right prolefeeders claim IS may be attempting sneak attacks upon Thy Dear and Lovely Land via the Mexican border (any "evidence" to that end probably being Protocols of Zion-stylee forgeries serving "Christian" Islamophobia whose aim is to recast Thy Dear and Lovely Land along the model of apartheid South Africa in her Luscious Glory of arrogance excused as "God's Own Country" being perfected).

Meanwhile, IS' revenue cometh from clandestine off-market crude-oil sales from areas they consider to be The Caliphate (earning an estimated US$3 million/day), extortion (as in demands for ransoms vis-a-vis Western hostages IS is supposedly holding) and plundering of Iraqi antiquities which can be sold on the Turkish antiques black market for huge markups.

Why Indecision 2014 matters all the more on the state level especially: With "Tea Party" ideology and articles of faith insisting that artifically-low taxes on The 1 Percent will stimulate spontaneous private-sector jobs creation as will, in its turn, "trickle down" to the masses (especially the heretofore "government-dependent")--and same not showing anything in the spending or taxation department, more often than not resorting to offshore "pure trusts" in the interest of "wealth preservation"--Standard & Poor's, the leading credit-rating service for government bodies and related entities, hath it that with the tax burden being shifted all the more to the "Non-Produicer" classes at the expense of the so-called "Producer" such, such translates into lower real tax revenue going to state treasuries from the 1 Percent, be it sales, property or income such.

In its turn leaving the states with a dilemma between having to cut essential services and/or leave roads and infrastructure to pot (as in deferred maintenance) and having to increase taxes. As we all know, tax cuts on the "Producer" classes have failed repeatedly to generate stateside jobs paying good money for the "Non-Producers", sending said jobs offshore "for tax reasons" more often than not (especially where mininum-wage laws and/or job-safety regulations are a joke), thereby putting paid to such articles of faith.

Yet such still persist in the "Tea Party" agenda and in their prolefeed enablers, as if thinking there would be that One Magic Breakthrough that would prove such actually was possible (as if insisting that ons styl ekonomesie vryheid was "Christian" wasn't awful enow).

So till next time, folks: "73"
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Excedrin Headache No. 5168

September 13, 2014
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17h43 UTC; SATURDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 2014: Isn't it stretching things to suggest that the so-called "REAL AmeriKKKa" can save itself socioeconomically by appealing to a presumed "natural unity and identity of the REAL AmeriKKKan" (howbeit "poor whites" of the lowest breeding and intellect, by and large) as is itself being sapped, compromised even, by homemade methamphetamines, Al Cohol and (in some extreme, howbeit isolated, cases) zoophilic sex mania driven largely by sexual frustration or outright ennui over more "natural" sexual concepts?

Making the notion even worse: Packaging such a concept (howbeit otherwise well-intentioned) as being a Divinely-Ordained Mission from God in His Name and Service to Reclaim Thy Dear and Lovely Land to His Luscious Glory; IMHO, such a delusion reeks of the blasphemous--even more so when the promotion of ons styl ekonomesie vryheid is to be seen as part of Evangelisation and Mission Work, which makes it all the more blasphemous.

Not to mention condoning wealth concentration and socioeconomic disparity as being one with Christian Love, the poor being expected to "suffer as Jesus suffered" towards the Golden Dawn of a New, Life-Changing, Wealth-Endowing, Prosperity for All, for the Benefit of All (even to the point of invoking the Seven Sorrows of the Most Sorrowful Mother as part of this "suffering").

Such, in the end, isn't exactly ekonomesie vryheid at all. It's more than likely closer to Fascism, howbeit perverted to serve the warped "Bible-Believing" Christianity of the Christian Right.

Closing out on a quasi-relevant note: How do we know that Walmart (or, for that matter, the associated Walton Family Foundation) isn't a Major Corporate Supporter of the so-called "AmeriKKKan Family Association," as in its recent boycott call of Target in the name of God, Country, Traditional Marriage and Ons Styl Ekonomesie Vryheid (or so perceived), and associated entities ("One Million Moms," e.g.)?

Conversely, how do we know said "AmeriKKKan Family Association" isn't a major shareholder or bondholder (howbeit through offshore-based "pure trusts" in the name of sham entities) in Walmart?

So till next time, folks: "73"
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Excedrin Headache No. 5167

September 12, 2014
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17h37 UTC; FRIDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2014: If the lead-off image preceding for today's post doesn't exactly reflect this blogger's mindset and mentalities generally from day to day, Your Correspondent would appreciate your letting me know.

And now, to business (so to speak): The notion of ons styl ekonomesie vryheid being the Last and Only Hope for Reclaiming the Luscious Glory of "REAL AmeriKKKa" From Itself, preferably based on the concept encapsulated in the Afrikaans term Reddingsdaad (literally, "rescue deed") as expects "REAL AmeriKKKa" to channel its (presumed) Ethno-National Unity and Identity, rather than accepting State or foundation charity seen as "perpetuating dependency" incompatible with the Greater Glory of Thy Dear and Lovely Land, into socioeconomic salvation which would translate into jobs creation and the "empowerment" of especially "poor whites" seen as the "REAL AmeriKKKans," is probably asking too much from a populace not expected to make wise decisions themselves.

Nor, for that matter, have much in the way of marketable job skills thanks to an educational system expected to emphasise idealised "Traditional Christian Values" digested into simple, easily-parroted bumper-sticker slogans at "spontaneously-generated mass rallies" above all else, thereby making "REAL AmeriKKKa" all the more open to exploitation by the carpetbaggers from without hoping to profit thereby (and avoid attracting suspicion as he skips town without any realistic jobs or businesses to show for these efforts). Especially so the sort as seeks to emulate the tactics of (pseudo)religious radio and TV "ministries" in leveraging the masses' "idle monies" into "productive capital" as would Reclaim the Greater Glory of "REAL AmeriKKKa" Through Jobs Creation and Small-Business Startups Serving "REAL AmeriKKKans" (cf. the aims of the Afrikaner Economic Movement in creating the Volkskapitalisme ["people's capitalism"] concept to save "poor white" Afrikanerdom down South Africa way by essentially reinventing the basic concept of free-enterprise capitalism to emphasise socioeconomic uplift and empowerment as an agent of National Unity and Identity over simple wealth creation).

Come to think of it, would it be safe to say that this "REAL AmeriKKKa" ideal cherished deeply and dearly by certain misguided elements holding articles of faith best encapsulated by the racist acronym ORION (as in "Our Race Is Our Nation") is beyond help based on the Reddingsdaad ideal thus preferred (especially absent clear and specific guidance for how best to "win over hearts and minds"--mostly impressionable such--without making such look like a prolefeed exercise for the likes of TheBlaze.com or the Sarah Palin Channel)?

Such, clearly, is a question that Real America needs to start asking if they persist in claiming to represent the voice and conscience of small-town and rural America which, for all I know, may be beyond any sort of help as the Zealots and True Believers insist is the Best and Only Avenue therefor, without manipulating or perverting such so that only "Natural Selection" excusing concentration of wealth and socioeconomic disparity prevails in the end at the expense of an otherwise noble idea seeking to save "poor whiteism" from themselves.

So till next time, folks: "73"
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Excedrin Headache No. 5166

September 11, 2014


17h21 UTC; THURSDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2014: Should it so happen, reader, that you encounter the scenario illustrated in the leading image today as part of your commute, it may be a sign that the level-crossing signals are malfunctioning. And should be reported posthaste to railroad police, who in their turn will contact the proper railroad staff to have the problem reported.

As for major railroads in the United States and Canada, Railroad Police freecall contacts are as thus:
  • BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe): 800-832-5452
  • Canadian National Railway: 800-469-9239
  • Canadian Pacific Railway: 800-716-9132 or, alternately, 800-SOO-HELP (800-766-4357)
  • CSX Transportation: 800-232-0144
  • Florida East Coast Railway: 800-342-1131
  • Kansas City Southern Railroad: 877-527-9464
  • Norfolk Southern: 800-453-2530
  • Pan Am Railways: 800-955-9217
  • Union Pacific: 888-UPRR-COP (888-877-7267)
  • For commuter-rail agencies, contact the agency's police department unless the service is operated by a contracting railroad in its behalf
In any event, when reporting such deficiencies, be sure to give the exact location of the crossing in question, and quote the USDOT grade-crossing number therefor if at all possible (which should be posted prominently on the equipment); allow about an hour at most for crews to be dispatched to rectify the issue.


Lest. We. Forget.


As for perhaps the worst possible way to honour this the anniversary of the Unfortunate Events of 9/11, you can just imagine certain exceptionally blatant excuses for Primitive Christian churches of the sort whose congregants tend to be "poor whites" for the most part holding Memorial Services as are anything but--especially such whose "pastor" goes into a drunken tirade passing as sermon suggesting that the nearly 3,000 thereby martyred are Crying for Complete and Final Vengeance Unto Heaven Against the Muslims as Carried Out Such an Act of Cowardice, hoping to max out the emotions in the worst possible way.

Said Vengeance expected, according to such sermon, to be in the stylee of the Crusades against the Turk and Saracen in the Middle Ages, led by the Fiery Cross of Jesus Christ Christian in His Luscious Glory of Vengeance and Deliverance as turns out creating a New AmeriKKKan Colonialism on the model which we exercised in the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam as spoils in the Spanish-American War until after World War II, by which time we recognised the error of our colonialist ways and entitled the Philippines to self-determination in its own right as a Sovereign Peculiar Among the Nations, converted Guam into a full territory after being run along the lines of a Naval District and made Puerto Rico a Commonwealth thanks in large measure to Governor Luis Munoz Marin's "Operation Bootstrap" development initiative.

Next week, as everybody knows, Scotland will be voting on a ballot plebiscite on whether to sever its 307-year-old union with England and Wales and become a Sovereign Peculiar in its own right, never mind that the union was brought about due to want of male issue on the English throne after "Good Queen Bess" (as in Elizabeth I) died, whereupon Scots King James VI became King James I of the United Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707.

The which is enough to wonder how much longer before the "Confederate Southern AmeriKKKan" crowd, dominated by Scots/Irish "poor whites" with possible emotional issues themselves, will seek an "advisory" ballot plebiscite in the 12 states as made up the Confederate States of America during the Civil War period (plus, for good measure, Missouri and Oklahoma) on whether to "reassert its natural right to self-determination as a Sovereign Peculiar Among the Nations" based on the Marxist/Leninist/Stalinist "Oppressed National Minority" concept suggesting that such groups were entitled to a sovereign "National Homeland" in areas where such were dominant by natural right--even to the extent of invoking as precedent the Balfour Declaration of 1917 establishing that Jews were entitled by religio-historical right to a "National Home" in Palestine.

But will it actually wash among Southern voters, especially in the face of reports that the League of the South, a notorious neo-Confederate sect, has established a paramilitary unit known as "The Indominitables" as is willing and prepared to use armed insurrection to reestablish "self-determination" for the "Confederate Southern AmeriKKKan" in his Luscious Glory of poverty, fecundity and ignorance he is grossly incapable of escaping from thanks to external forces otherwise intervening?

So till next time, folks: "73"
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